Many people buy Halloween candy and then end up eating it all before the holiday even arrives. Every year I swear I’m not going to eat the Halloween candy I’ve bought for trick-or-treating and then have to buy more because hubby and I have given in!
Instead of giving to the dark side, make it easier to avoid temptation and keep your calorie consumption down. After all, candy is fine in moderation, but it can be tough to not over-snack. Here are 5 tips to help you make smart food choices this Halloween.
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1. Buy Halloween candy you don’t like. If you’re not a fan of what you buy, you’ll be less tempted to have a taste or two or three. I just can’t resist Snickers but Mounds candy I could easily skip. Guess what I bought last year.
2. Buy Halloween candy at the last minute. If you don’t have candy sitting around the house, you’re much less likely to dig into it. Keep temptation out and wait to buy your trick or treat candy. A couple of years ago I bought two weeks before Halloween, which proved just too close to the holiday! Wait means wait. The stores will still have candy just before Halloween, so don’t worry that they will be out of stock.
3. Don’t buy Halloween candy at all. Instead, give out a candy alternative. Read my 50+ candy alternatives for ideas.
4. Giveaway leftover candy. Participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program where dentists all over the U.S. purchase candy back from kids for prizes. Or you can directly mail your leftover candy to OperationGratitude to be used in care packages to U.S. military troops. Use this as a chance for your kids to learn about giving to others and the important way our troops support our country. They could even put on a candy drive with the other kids on their block to pool candy before mailing.
5. Have an accountability buddy. Make a contract with a friend. If you know someone else will know what you ate (because you’ll tell them) and is supporting your efforts, you’ll be more likely to reach for a piece of fruit rather than a Snickers. If you don’t have a friend you feel comfortable telling, make a contract with yourself. If you cheat, you’ll know you’re cheating on yourself.
I’m looking for accountability buddies! I’m trying to get back to a healthy weight, and Halloween is a tough time. Help support me, and I’ll support you! Friend me on My Fitness Pal at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/lakeforestmama.
Halloween doesn’t have to derail you from a healthy diet. Even having a piece of candy doesn’t mean the game is over. Have a taste of chocolate but don’t let it take over your diet.
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